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Distinguished poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman read from their work on Oct. 7, 2016, as part of First Friday events at the Phoenix Art Museum, beginning at 7 p.m.
Robert Hass is a former U.S. Poet Laureate, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Pulitzer Prize, and many other awards. Hass is Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Brenda Hillman has authored nine collections of poetry and received the William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry and several fellowships. In 2016, the Academy of American Poets named Hillman its newest chancellor, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States. Hillman is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she directs the MFA in creative writing.
A local poet will open the evening. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
This event coincides with the opening of the Kehinde Wiley exhibit “A New Republic” at the Phoenix Art Museum: http://www.phxart.org/KehindeWiley
“The works presented in ‘Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic’ raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture,” according to the Phoenix Art Museum website. “The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures.”
At this Phoenix poetry event, opening poets are curated by Rashaad Thomas and presented with support from ASU's Performance in the Borderlands Initiative. Hass and Hillman's presentation is part of the University of Arizona Poetry Center Phoenix Reading Series, co-sponsored by ASU's Superstition Review. Hass and Hillman will read at the UA Poetry Center in Tucson on October 6, at 7 p.m., as part of a series focused on the theme of Climate Change and Poetry.
Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts by creative writing and web design students at ASU's Polytechnic campus. The journal promotes contemporary art and literature by providing a free, high-quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. The journal publishes two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry.